Heart Attack

Frequently Asked Questions

14. Should my family be especially concerned about me if I have a heart attack?

Having a heart attack increases your chances of having another one. Therefore, it is very important that you and your family know how and when to seek medical attention. Talk to your doctor about making an emergency action plan, and discuss it with your family.

The emergency action plan should include

  • warning signs or symptoms of a heart attack
  • instructions for accessing emergency medical services in your community, including calling 9-1-1
  • steps you can take while waiting for medical help to arrive, such as taking aspirin and nitroglycerin
  • important information to take along with you to the hospital, such as a list of medications that you take or that you are allergic to, and name and number of whom you should contact if you go to the hospital.
  • your healthcare provider’s phone numbers (both during and after office hours).